The single most important investment you could ever make is in yourself. Taking time to invest in your own personal dreams and hopes turns you into a much happier, more productive, and overall more satisfied person.
Wouldn’t you like to feel more fulfilled? What about finally achieving your goals and realizing your dreams? Wouldn’t it be nice to feel much more confident and wake up each morning excited about the day?
All you have to do is invest in yourself. And you need to start today! While you may work hard and face all of the demands that come your way with a “can do” attitude, if you’re not putting in time in to achieve what you personally want out of life, then you’re missing out. It’s time for you to invest time and effort into becoming the “you” that you’ve always wanted to be!
Here are our top tips to help you do just that.
1. Set Goals And Start Now
Setting goals is the first step. If you want to invest in yourself, you have to set goals that help you work towards the life you want for yourself. It’s important to be intentional about your goals so you’re prioritizing what matters most to you.
Goals help you find balance in your life. By setting goals, you can schedule time each month, week, and day to work on them. Even a small daily investment gets you closer to what you want and makes you feel happier.
2. Unleash Your Creativity
Creativity is a great way to engage your mind, let go of stress, and invest in yourself. Sometimes, we push creativity away—thinking it’s just for kids. But, it’s absolutely for everyone. Think about how great it feels to draw, play music, color, paint, and so on!
Find a creative pursuit, schedule it in, and enjoy. Your creative endeavor will work wonders for stress management and provides a fun activity that you do with others. Although it may seem counterintuitive at the time, taking this “time out” for creativity can actually help you be more productive by clearing your mind.
3. Learn Something New
An easy way to invest in yourself and build your confidence is to learn something new. Pick up a new language. Take a course at your local community college. Use YouTube to pick up a new skill instead of just watching those cute cat videos.
Engaging your mind boosts your self-esteem. And whatever it is that you learn along the way could lead to new relationships, your dream job, or an endless number of other opportunities!
4. Schedule Time For You Each Day
Think back on the last few weeks. What did you do specifically for you, not counting getting ready for work or school? If you can’t think of anything, it’s more important than ever to schedule time each day to invest in yourself.
Use your planner to schedule time every single day to focus on yourself. This could mean exercising, reading, journaling, enjoying a hobby, or anything else that makes you feel good. The key is to turn taking care of yourself into a priority and regular habit.
5. Focus On Your Relationships
One of the biggest benefits of investing in yourself is making stronger connections with those who matter most. Relationships of all kinds require time and effort. When someone matters to you, spend time with them.
Having close relationships in life helps you feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally. Set aside time every day and week to be with those you care about—and to be fully present.
6. Get Your Priorities Straight
How often have you wished you had more time to do the things you loved? What about having time to follow through with your goals? Even if you could only carve out 30 minutes per day, you could drastically change your life for the better. And, as you do, you’ll discover you have even more time than that to invest in yourself!
It all starts by getting your priorities straight. For instance, while you can’t necessarily change your work hours, you might take a few courses and get a better job closer to home. Or, you might be able to work from home a few days per week to use the former commute time on other things.
Take the time to write down your top priorities. These are what you schedule first—every week and every day. Skip things that aren’t important, such as endlessly scrolling through social media, and focus on people, goals, and self-care.
7. Invest In Your Health
Sometimes, we get so busy that we neglect ourselves. You’ve worked all day, returned home, fixed dinner, and now you just want to watch TV. Sound familiar? But all of that stress and lack of activity aren’t good for you.
Instead, invest in yourself by investing in your health. If you don’t feel your best, you won’t be able to give your best to those around you and all of your obligations and responsibilities. You can start with a simple morning exercise routine to jumpstart your day. Then, add in more physical activity, stress relief, and healthier eating habits.
At Day Designer, we want to help you invest in yourself more! Planning out your days helps you remember to focus on what you need. After all, you deserve it. Try our planners today to live your best life.